space·​craft ˈspās-ˌkraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio)
: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If your 8-year-old boy is into vehicles, Snap Ships are a building toy line that uses interchangeable pieces to make different spacecraft. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022 But the rocket pushed onward and upward, sending its payload, the Orion spacecraft and its service module, toward the Moon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2022 The space agency's goal in this 25-day uncrewed mission is to demonstrate the Orion spacecraft’s systems, including a safe return to Earth, prior to the Artemis program's first flight with crew. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2022 This is what will protect human occupants from the scorching temperatures created when a spacecraft tears through the atmosphere. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2022 Orion will fly farther than any human spacecraft has ever flown. Bill Nelson, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2022 Each spacecraft in the SEI’s notional fleet would produce about as much electricity as a coal- or nuclear-fueled power plant. Leonard David, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2022 Imagine that super-small spacecraft with a radius of just 1.3 meters. WIRED, 11 Nov. 2022 Maybe one day, the tech found in NASA’s most advanced spacecraft throughout the solar system will be found on streets throughout the world. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spacecraft was in 1929

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Cite this Entry

“Spacecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



space·​craft ˈspā-ˌskraft How to pronounce spacecraft (audio)
plural spacecraft
: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere

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